Anushka Sharma is one of the leading ladies of Hindi cinema who has achieved commercial success in her career spanning over a decade. With an impressive range of performances, she has proved her mettle in various genres and become one of the most sought-after actresses of our times. Her journey has been no less than spectacular, with numerous awards and international recognition, as well as forays into film production and philanthropy. Let’s take a closer look at the life and works of this talented actress.
Introduction to Anushka Sharma
Born on 1st May 1988, Anushka hails from Bangalore, India. After completing her schooling there, she decided to pursue a career in modelling before entering the field of acting. At the age of 17, she relocated to Mumbai and started working as a model while appearing in advertisements and music videos.
Early Life and Education
In spite of having little prior experience in acting, Anushka made her debut in 2008 through Aditya Chopra’s romantic drama Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi opposite Shah Rukh Khan which was also her breakthrough performance. Following its success, she went on to star in several other films such as Band Baaja Baaraat (2010), Ladies vs Ricky Bahl (2011) and Jab Tak Hai Jaan (2012).
Breakthrough Performance In Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi
Apart from romance, she successfully worked in other genres like comedy (Patiala House, 2011), horror (Pari, 2018), biopic (Sultan, 2016), crime thriller (NH10, 2015), etc., winning praise from critics and audiences alike.
Work In Other Genres & Acclaimed Performances
Her box office successes include PK (2014), Sultan (2016), Ae Dil Hai Mushkil (2016), Sui Dhaaga – Made In India (2018) and Zero (2018). She is set to appear in upcoming projects including Animal (2021) and Cirkus (2021). Besides movies, Anushka has also tried her hand at singing by lending her voice for songs like ‘Aira Gaira’ from the movie Kalank (2019).
Box Office Successes
Anushka ventured into film production when she co-founded Clean Slate Films along with her brother Karnesh Sharma in 2014. The company produced two National Award-winning movies NH10 (2015) and Phillauri (2017). It also collaborated with Fox Star Studios to produce horror-comedy Pari (2018) and supernatural thriller Bulbbul (2020).
Foray Into Production
Apart from being successful professionally, Anushka is very involved in charity work. She supports multiple social causes such as animal welfare, education, women empowerment and healthcare. Some of the charities she supports are Save The Children India, Paani Foundation, Goonj and City Montessori School Lucknow.
Philanthropic Works & Awards Received
Anushka has won various accolades throughout her career including eight Filmfare Awards nominations with two wins; Screen Awards nomination; IIFA Awards; Stardust Awards; Producers Guild Film Awards; International Indian Film Academy Awards; Asian Film Awards; Bollywood Hungama Surfers Choice Movie Awards; Lions Gold Awards among many others.
International Recognition & Collaborations
Anushka has featured in many high-profile international collaborations like famous British band Coldplay’s song Hymn For The Weekend (2016); UN Environment’s campaign #BeatAirPollution in 2019; Alesso’s track Lost Love alongside musician Liam Payne in 2020; United Nations Sustainable Development Goals video in 2021 featuring global celebrities such as David Beckham, Chris Hemsworth and Li Bingbing.
Family Life & Relationships
Anushka is married to cricketer Virat Kohli since December 2017. They first met during the shooting of a shampoo commercial and their relationship grew steadily after that. The couple now lives in Mumbai and often visits each other’s hometowns together.
From a small town girl to a big name celebrity, Anushka Sharma’s journey has been inspirational for all aspiring actors out there. Her wide range of performances have earned her immense respect in the industry and beyond borders, making her an internationally acclaimed personality. While she continues to make waves with her amazing works, it will be interesting to see what the future holds for this remarkable actress.